Tino Livramento found himself serenaded by Newcastle United fans at Old Trafford as Toon stars soaked up the magnificent victory over Man United. But as fans belted out chants of “Tino, Tino, Tino”, it was Callum Wilson who made sure the youngster made the most of the occasion.
Indeed, with Livramento – who made a bursting run forward to set up Miguel Almiron for the opener – hearing his name sung more than any other, Wilson decided to go behind him and push him to the front to ensure he could milk the situation.
Speaking after the situation, Livramento said: “It’s amazing when you hear them chanting your name and it just makes you want to run that extra yard and give everything you have got. It was a very good night for everyone involved. The new players came into the starting XI and they took the opportunity.”
It was one of many moments to take back to Tyneside on a glorious night but no sooner had Eddie Howe stated he hoped for a “kinder draw” after two brutal opening rounds against Man City and Man United, another tough assignment was bolted to the December schedule.
Ex-Toon number 9 Andy Cole was the man who plucked out Newcastle to travel to Stamford Bridge. But while this fixture – like Old Trafford – is not as daunting as it once was, Mauricio Pochettino’s side will fancy their chances of progressing to the semi-finals.
On the flip side by the time that fixture comes around Newcastle could have Alexander Isak, Elliot Anderson and Harvey Barnes back in action. But for any fear, Newcastle have shown they are capable of beating the very best, Man United, Man City and Paris St-Germain this season already. So on any given day they can turn up and deliver. Howe will quickly put talk of the Carabao Cup aside and now focus on the next task in hand, which is a home clash against Arsenal.
He admitted after the game that he was saving the legs of Anthony Gordon, which was a pre-planned substitution, as well keeping Callum Wilson for the latter stages. Both could now play big roles against Arsenal as Newcastle look to solidify their top six spot. Howe said after the game: “We return to the Premier League with Arsenal. I know we have a tough schedule ahead and we look forward to it.”
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